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Ir J Med Sci. 2007 Sep;176(3):237-8. Epub 2007 Aug 16.

Adverse reaction to Bacille-Calmette-Guérin vaccine in a HIV positive healthcare worker.

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Department of Respiratory Medicine, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4, Ireland. john.garvey@ucd.ie

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Bacille-Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine is used in Mycobacterium tuberculosis prophylaxis in at risk tuberculin-negative healthcare workers. Its use is contraindicated however in individuals with HIV infection.

AIMS:

We herein highlight the case of a healthcare worker who developed a localised reaction at a BCG vaccination site and who was subsequently found to be HIV positive.

CONCLUSION:

This case emphasises the importance of eliciting risk factors for immunocompromise in individuals for whom BCG vaccination is being considered.

PMID:
17701437
DOI:
10.1007/s11845-007-0072-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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